Thanksgiving wasn’t even here yet, when already my children were writing letters to Santa. I’m not sure if they thought getting out there ahead of everyone else would ensure that he wouldn’t forget about them. I know at least one of them was afraid if they didn’t get their order in early, he might run out of stuff. I think one of them just wanted to make things more convenient for him, so that if he got everything done early he could go lounge on a beach somewhere.
But it was entertaining to listen to them:
Kid #1: “You can’t ask for that much stuff. Santa will think you’re greedy and he won’t bring you anything.”
Kid #2: “I’m not saying he has to bring me all this. I’m giving him choices.”
Me: “No. Santa’s not bringing anyone an iPhone 6s.”
Here’s what ended up on the various lists of the four kids:
- a fish
- a pogo stick
- a puppy (a puppy?!?? We have two dogs and four kids. We need another puppy? I’m still basking in the glory of finally, mostly having everyone in this house potty-trained, and someone wants a puppy “because they’re cute and our dogs are old.” Oh, help.
Actually, the kids are now also interested in the Qixels we’ve been playing with here over the last week or so. I should have included them in yesterday’s list of 24 Things to Do When You’re Stuck Inside with Kids, because they kept the kids entertained for quite a while.
I hadn’t ever heard of them before, but when they arrived in the mail, the kids yelled, “Oh! Qixels!” so apparently they’re pretty popular. They remind me of the plastic beads I used to design with when I was little, and then melt together with an iron…except that now they just use water and it’s so. Much. Easier.
You can use the templates provided, or make your own design. You just snap the beads on the template and once you’ve got them all where you want them, you spray the whole thing down with water.
You can either wait for the design to dry on its own, or spin it in the Turbo Dryer, which gets a lot of the excess water off and speeds up the drying quite a bit. Let the design sit (the package said 30 minutes, but ours actually took less…maybe because of the Turbo Dryer?), then remove and play with it.
The kids had templates to make characters, and weapons, but there are also kits with fun monsters and dinosaurs.
These were a great activity that got the kids creating, and not sitting in front of a screen all afternoon on a cold and snowy day here in Colorado. Awesome.
You can find Qixels online and in major stores like Target and Toys R Us.
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